Family ties in the Warriors’ organization run deep, even extending off the court to the front office.
On Tuesday, that led to a special moment in the West family. NBA legend Jerry West is an executive board member for Golden State. His 26-year-old son, Jonnie, is associate general manager for the organization’s NBA D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz.
They’ve each celebrated a title for their respective teams in the past two months.
“Dad wasn’t at the game. But I called him from the floor during the trophy presentation,” Jonnie West told The Charleston Gazette. Just the fact that we work for the same team and got to go through this season together was pretty special.”
Jonnie followed in his father’s footsteps in playing for West Virginia University from 2008-11. He first joined the Warriors as a scout and has since teamed up with 28-year-old Patrick Sund — son of longtime NBA executive Rick Sund, currently a senior advisor to basketball operations for the Atlanta Hawks — to co-manage the Santa Cruz Warriors’ basketball operations activities.
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“I split my time between Santa Cruz and Oakland [Calif.],” West said. “I’ve worked with player development, specifically off-the-court issues. I’ve worked with all the [Golden State] players. And they have a great bond. I think that added to what happened [Tuesday night] on the court.”
“You see pictures of it,” West said, “but once you’re in it — on the road — it’s really something. Our team’s owners are very kind. They pretty much kept a restaurant open all night for the players and families. We got to soak everything in and spend time with those who put this thing together.”